In this lecture, Prof. Concannon tells the story of Dionysios of Corinth, a largely forgotten Christian bishop from the late second century CE. While Dionysios was forgotten by ancient Christians and modern scholars, the traces that remain of his writings suggest that he was connected to a series of early Christian networks bigger than the apostle Paul’s, that he was active in the major debates among Christian communities in the second century, and that he was involved in complicated negotiations around memory, money, and hospitality. Recovering the story of Dionysios allows us to see early Christianity from a new perspective.
Dr. Cavan W. Concannon is associate professor of religion at USC. He is the author of Assembling Early Christianity: Trade, Networks, and the Letters of Dionysios of Corinth (Cambridge University Press, 2017) and ‘When you were Gentiles’: Specters of Ethnicity in Roman Corinth and Paul’s Corinthian Correspondence (Yale University Press, 2014). He is the co-director of the Mediterranean Connectivity Initiative and holds a PhD in New Testament and Early Christianity from Harvard University.